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A huge welcome from all our trustees to our site for SASW Trust. Depending on who you are and how you ended up reading this, here's three sections that should help you find what you're after. Enjoy browsing!
Go to Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Enter our Charity Supporters & Volunteers section to find our news of our local work and the various ways to support, pray and join in.

Go to Schools Information & bookings

Schools Information & bookings

Enter our Schools Information & Bookings section for school staff to discover what we have to offer local primary and secondary schools.

Go to “Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

“Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

If you’re a young person who connects with our work (or would like to) through local Safe Spaces in schools, then select here to enter our dedicated youth site: safes.uk

About

We are a Scripture Union Local Mission Partner working in partnership with the Pais Movement, and set up in 1999 by churches and Christians in Southport and Formby, who wanted to serve their local schools.

For two decades, the majority of schools across Southport, Formby and surrounding areas have benefitted through assemblies, lessons, presentations and extra-curricular clubs and activities. These have been delivered by our employed schools worker, a team of local church volunteers, a Pais Project team of gap year apprentices, and most recently a part time sports ministry leader.

Our aim is to see this work continue, grow and develop through working in partnership with local schools and local churches, in order to see that great impact across Southport in the years to come, which is very much in our hearts and prayers.
“Light, Faith and Mission with an Emerging Generation”

- David Taberner, Schools Worker

Our Aims:
+ To contribute to the educational, moral and spiritual development of young people by working in partnership with teachers, youth leaders and other schools workers.
+ To work alongside teachers and their students to help develop an understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their lives.
+ To be a friend and resource to schools and colleges, Christian teachers and students.
+ To empower and equip young people to be a strong positive Christian influence in there schools.

In doing so the Trust will be:
+ Interdenominational
+ Representative of the churches in Southport & Formby.

What we do in schools:

Primary Schools

We are connected with most of the primary schools in Southport, Formby and the surrounding areas.
We will often go into schools and present an assembly covering a variety of topics such as Bullying, Getting on and falling out, Achieving Goals. This is usually done in a fun way using drama, music and other creative means.
We run a series of clubs, either at lunch time or after school, called the Awesome Club, where we teach ‘awesome skills’ based on the fruits of the Spirit found in Galations 5:22.
Our ‘Good Show’ project calls on a large group of volunteers and offers 3 presentations to the schools each year, one each term.
• A pantomime style dramatic presentation looking at the real meaning of Christmas
• A large-scale Easter presentation in the style of Mission Impossible, for which SASWTrust is renowned for.
• A presentation called Moving On for year sixes moving into high school.

Secondary Schools

As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith.
We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement.
We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects.
At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc.
Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education.
Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further.

OUR TEAM

We have a dynamic & active team, with a broad range of skills, coupled with a community of very generous volunteers.

David ”Tabz” Taberner

Schools Worker
David Taberner works full time for us and is also particularly involved in the Southport Methodist Circuit as a preacher as well as other churches and inter- church projects, such as Street Pastors, Christians Against Poverty, Sonfest and Southport Prayer. He’s been rather well educated in civil engineering and project management, but through a growing passion for young people and the Kingdom, he found a calling to our ministry five years ago. He also leads our local youth leaders’ forum, is a semi-pro musician, goes more casually by the name “Tabz”, and has a slightly characteristic hairstyle! (His wife is a lot cooler though!)

Hettie Taberner

“Good Sport” Coach and Programme Co-ordinator
Hettie Taberner is Tabz’s wife and moved to Southport in May 2017 taking up our post as pioneer of our Good Secondary Schools As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith. We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement. We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects. At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc. Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education. Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further. Sport Ministry. She is originally from Burnley, where she was a Kids Pastor for a large church alongside her Children In Need funded youth work job managing young volunteers on one of the 10 most deprived areas of the UK. Hettie is a qualified football coach, has played for two women’s teams, is a great singer, 83% extravert, and still manages to be way cooler than Tabz!

The Volunteers

Being incredible!
We couldn’t do what we do without an amazing bunch of people who volunteer upfront and behind the scenes to make the work of our charity so effective. Our vision is huge and needs to see the whole Church equipped to stretch across their communities to see this come to fruition.

Recent highlights from the team on social media:

We're praying for all those thousands of young people heading off to Christian camps and festivals across the country this summer. Join us in praying they will return home inspired and fired up to share Jesus with their generation up and down the UK! #pray #revive ... See MoreSee Less

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We've had an amazing year in schools with 6500 local young people! Huge congrats to all those we've worked with leaving Yr 6 or Yr 11, and an awesome summer to everybody else! #summer ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

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One of last week's highlights from Hettie: "We had a great last week in schools and youth clubs. It was lovely to share with the families for the final Sweaty Church of the year: we had lots of fun and gave each child a personal award which is great to do with their families present. We also had a brilliant last youth club with 10 young people responding to the Gospel and wanting to explore the Christian faith for themselves." ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

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One of last week's highlights from Tabz: "The end of summer term is usually a pretty fun time. With all kinds of sports days and extra things happening. One of our secondary schools asked us for the third year running to come and provide an hour of lively PSHE content ("entertainment" was the word used!) with each whole year group together as a way of breaking up their sports day to make it a more overall enriching and wholesome experience for all students. We had a great time and they seemed to as well! We brought the challenge of how "love your neighbour" and "treat others how you want to be treated" can be far more difficult to implement than we might first think, whilst looking at how words spoken by Jesus have left such an impact for His believers and non-believers alike. We caught up with hundreds of students that we hadn't seen for a while, left the school buzzing, and gladly took away the great feedback of staff pointing out how much we've grown in what we've been able to provide in these sessions over the years." ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

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One of last week's highlights from Tabz: "We were gifted with the incredible opportunity of taking in some excellent bands from the Message Trust into two of our secondary schools. The bands provided performance based PSHE / RE lessons to whole year groups in the school hall, which were very engaging and relevant in sharing faith. Both schools we visited were raving about it for the rest of the week, had an amazing atmosphere, with pages and pages of comments all over social media from students. Lots of thanks, and comments like "it was amazing and a great way to end our last week in school before Y11. The stories told were so relatable", as well as promises to come and see the bands at the Sonfest music festival. Around 200 young people came to Sonfest directly from school engagement, and 60 or so made a response to take away some of our resources for exploring Christianity further. We're excited to meet up with these young people over the summer with local youth leaders, but especially excited to explore running Youth Alpha courses in schools next year for them. The whole experience has been absolutely overwhelming and the growth in trusted relationships, with secondary schools with further doors opening, has shown how much God is blessing the young people of Southport." ... See MoreSee Less

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